This show follows the progress of a monk and three bodyguards on their religious mission to India to obtain holy scriptures.
The monk Tripitaka releases Monkey from his punishment - imposed by Buddha to teach him humility. Together with Pigsy (a pig monster), and Sandy (a fish spirit) - both also expelled from heaven - they start their quest, fighting demons and learning lessons along the way.
This was an obviously dubbed, and fairly cheaply produced series, but with lots of action, and dodgy special effects. Monkey had a cloud that enabled him to fly, and to make the cloud he used hair off the back of his neck! Odd!
I thought this show was great when I was a kid, and I agree with a previous reviewer...once you've heard the theme tune, it burrows into your brain forever!!